Kip Keino Classic to allow 100% fan capacity in 2022

KipKeino Classic is set to take place on May 7, 2022

NAIROBI, KENYA - JULY 15: A general view on day four of the IAAF U18 World Championships at the Kasarani Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for IAAF)

The Kip Keino Classic athletics championship will allow 100% spectator capacity at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on May 7, a few months after fans were banned from attending the event over covid safety protocols.

The organising committee announced on Monday, that tickets will go on sale in the days following April 4.

"Some good news for you. We will be welcoming our fans back to the stadium at this year's #KipKeinoClassic following the Kenyan government’s directive to relax its Covid-19 regulations," read a tweet from the organisers.

The second edition of the Tour was held on September 18, 2021 and saw Namibia’s 18-year-old Olympic silver medallist Christine Mboma set a new 200-metre World under 20 record.

The final race of the day also saw USA’s Trayvon Bromell and Kenya’s very own Ferdinand Omanyala produce two of the fastest performances in 100-metre history. Bromell won in a world-leading 9.76 ahead of Omanyala’s African record of 9.77.

The Kip Keino Classic is the third World Athletics Gold level meeting in this year’s World Athletics Continental Tour, which kicks off at the Bermuda Games on Saturday, April 9 and then moves on to the Golden Games on April 16.

Kip Keino Classic meet director Barnaba Korir said the event will provide athletes with a timely elite-level platform to compete on ahead of the World Athletics Championships slated from July 15 to July 24 in Oregon, United States.

When Hayward Field at the University of Oregon hosts the Championships beginning July 15, it will be the first time the event will be contested on U.S. soil.

The 18th edition of the Championships will only be the second one held in the Western Hemisphere, joining Edmonton, Alberta, which hosted the 2001 World Athletics Championships.

Kenya has competed at every edition of the Championships since its inception in 1983. It has won the second-highest number of gold medals at the championships (after the United States) and also has the second-highest medals total (after the U.S.).

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